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Honeymoon Travels Unraveled
By Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
Reema Kagti, the director of HONEYMOON TRAVELS… follows in the illustrious tradition of her peers, Leena Yadav and Kalpana Lajmi to tackle the issues through the idiom of popular cinema, which the male directors are also, inclined more to brush under the carpet.
At the surface level the film is a message what not to do at the Honey Moon, but at the subconscious level it tries to probe into the existentialist dilemma, which is becoming bane of most of the relationships in the present times. The same sexual preference which is a matter of choice for some of the people, but cannot be exercised owing to societal pressure is an issue that has been brought out in a nice relief in the film, and the choice of Vikram Chatwal to portray this character unconsciously turns out to be an apt choice as none of the established actors would have had the courage to even declare on the screen that they are gays.
Reema Kagti has gone one step ahead of her contemporaries in the sense that she has openly tried to probe into the subtle underpinnings that a gay is besotted with and the courage to accept it on the eve of the honeymoon is the triumph of the will of the individual and should serve as the message for those who are just into the relationship just for the sake of it and not to continue to be into it owing to the sexual preferences of the same sex kind. Besides, to get married on a rebound as one has failed in a relationship on a sly is also an issue that has been tackled with finesse through Sandhya Mridul's character and is a symptomatic pointer to what is happening in the marriages in the urban areas among the youth of today, who in retaliation jump on to a new relationship after they have failed in previous one, as if to teach a lesson, but in the bargain most of the times only able to destroy there lives.
Secondly, Honey Moon cannot be a prerogative of a young couple but whenever one finds life, one should venture out on the honey moon to celebrate the find, as has been the message through the character of Shabana and Boman, but here the characters chosen have been the Parsis who are otherwise forward looking in this aspect. It would have been interesting if the couple would have been from some of the other communities who continue to face the dilemma of the kind but are inhibited by the pressure of the ideological groups to which they belong.
The changing times are also reflective in the characterization of Kay Kay Menon and Raima Sen who have to wriggle out of the dilemma whether to continue to live as per the desires and commands of the parents or to chart out there own course of a new life as per there dreams and desires, and it is again an existentialist dilemma in most of the eastern part of the country, where many a relationships of the married kind still continue to be sacrificed at the altar of striving to come out to the expectations of the family and in the bargain turning the life of the self into a moribund experience.